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Medical students protest against quotas

By Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna
May 02, 2006 15:07 IST
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Protests against the move to increase OBC quotas in educational institutions began in Bihar with students and interns of two medical colleges in Patna taking out rally on Tuesday.

Students of Patna Medical College and Hospital and the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital took out a protest rally from medical college campus to Kargil chowk in Patna without caring about the scorching heat.

This is the first formal students' protest in Patna against quotas as till date only some organisations have opposed it.

They have threatened to go on an indefinite strike soon protesting against the proposed move to increase OBC quotas in educational institutions.

The angry students said that they would boycott classes, exams and keep away from hospital duty. "We will decided our future course of action soon," the students said.

According to them students of other medical colleges like Magadh Medical College and hospital in Gaya, Darbhanga and Bhagalpur would join the protest against quotas.

Meanwhile, students of several medical colleges in Ahmedabad, including N H L Municipal Medical College and B J Medical College, have decided to boycott classes for an indefinite period from Tuesday to protest against the government's proposed reservation policy.

A student of N H L Medical College Deepak Arora said the students have decided to boycott classes to express solidarity with students of AIIMS in New Delhi, who are protesting Union Human Resource Minister Arjun Singh's proposal to introduce more reservation in the country's higher educational institutes.

"We will take out a rally in the city later in the day. We have also received support from some students belonging to reserved category, who are against reservation," Arora added.

"The students are in no mood to give up and are preparing for a long battle with the central government on the quota issue," Arora said adding, they are preparing a detailed plan to intensify their agitation if the Centre decides to go ahead with its policy.

With PTI inputs

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Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna